All suspects in the police blotter are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
HARASSMENT: At 3:09 p.m. July 9, an officer met with a Bonney Lake woman about threatening text messages and an unwanted visit from her ex-husband. She told police the man had shown up at her home the day before, despite a restraining order issued during their divorce proceedings. She said the threats had been ongoing since Dec. 2011, and she provided copies of several threatening emails she had received in that time. While she hadn’t been afraid he would carry out these threats in the past, she said he had become more angry since she began dating other men. The officer obtained a copy of the divorce decree from the city prosecutor, and discovered the restraining order was no longer valid after the divorce was finalized. The complainant was advised she would need to have a new protection order issued, and that a police report on the harassment would be forwarded to the prosecutor for review. Later in the day, at 7:29 p.m. two officers responded to the woman’s residence, where she reported her ex-husband was trying to take her dog. Police reiterated the restraining order was no longer valid after the divorce. She understood and said she did not want him to return to her home. The man said he had left his dog with the ex-wife for a few weeks, and she would not give it back. Police advised him he would need to contact a lawyer and pursue civil action to obtain the dog, as he was not welcome at his ex-wife’s residence. He was informed of the harassment report, and he said he understood and that the messages he sent had been mean.
MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: At 5:03 p.m. July 10, an officer was dispatched to a 103rd Street East residence where a caller advised her friend’s brother had nailed lumber together to box her into the driveway. The officer arrived at the home; the caller had left with her car, but the suspect was contacted in the driveway. He was sweating profusely and had several apparent mood swings while talking to the officer. He was secured into handcuffs and placed in the patrol car. His mother reported he was bipolar and needed a mental evaluation, as he had recently displayed an increased level of irrational behavior and unprovoked anger. Of the car incident, she said the caller had dropped off her daughter and when she went to her car to leave, she discovered the lumber obstacle and the suspect doing something inside her engine compartment. He had also apparently painted “thief” on her rear window. They argued and when she went into her car, it would not start. The suspect then reattached her battery cables and began arguing with the caller about bringing children to the house. He eventually moved the lumber, allowing her to leave. Dispatch contacted the officer to advise the caller was at the Pierce County Sheriff’s substation on 214th Avenue East. An officer met with her to take a property damage report and photograph the spray paint on the car. The officer on 103rd photographed the lumber obstacle for evidence. The suspect’s mother was advised he could not be taken in for a mental evaluation based on the incident. He was booked into Enumclaw Jail for third-degree malicious mischief.
PACKAGE THEFT: At 6:11 p.m. July 10, an officer responded to 79th Street Place East in reference to four stolen packages. The complainant had ordered truck tires from eBay more than a month prior, but they did not show up. He checked the order status with the seller and UPS, discovering the items had in fact been delivered to the front of his garage on June 7. He was unable to provide suspect information at the time of the report.
BURGLARY: At 7:49 p.m. July 10, an officer was dispatched to a commercial burglary at Kindercare on Main Street East. The complainant was a contractor who discovered the front door ajar and heard noises that suggested someone was running out of the building. The office was in disarray, and he notified the facility director. The arriving officer met with the complainant and a colleague, who were remodeling the building. They discovered the front door ajar as they arrived for work, and figured it was an oversight by staff. But once inside, they hear footsteps running through the building. They did not locate anyone inside, but discovered the apparently tampered office. The facility director arrived on scene and, after looking through the business, said the front door and office appeared to be the only things out of place. She confirmed with an employee that all doors had been checked before closing. There did not appear to be any signs of forced entry, and there were no indications of disgruntled employees who might have access to the building. The director was urged to call police again if she discovered items missing or other evidence incident to the case. Photographs of the scene were taken and placed into evidence.
GRAFFITI: At 10:39 a.m. July 11, police responded to vandalism at the city water tower. Vulgar graffiti had been painted around half the circumference of the lower portion of the tower. Letters that appeared to be initials were included among the paintings. Pictures were taken of the damage and placed into evidence.
STOLEN MOTORCYCLE, ABANDONED: At 9:52 p.m. July 11, an officer on patrol came across a Sheriff’s detective directing traffic around a downed motorcycle. The detective reported she had come across a man in full leathers trying to pick up the motorcycle, which was on its side and had apparently been damaged. He became frustrated and entered the passenger side of a nearby parked white truck which subsequently left the scene. A check on the cycle’s license plate showed it had recently been sold to a Buckley woman and was not presently reported stolen. A few hours later, the Sheriff’s Office contacted Bonney Lake police to let them know the owner had called to report the motorcycle stolen. She had told them she had last seen the bike in her front yard with the keys in the ignition. An officer completed a report documenting the vehicle’s recovery, as well as a collision report.
FRAUD: At 3:18 p.m. July 12, a citizen reported the theft and tampering of a check she had left in the mail. The check was payment on a bill and, after the payee called to report nonpayment, she discovered the check had been cashed in the name of a person unfamiliar to her. She said she had contacted the fraud department of her bank, which required a police case number.
IDENTITY THEFT: At 3:25 p.m. July 12, a citizen reported the possible theft of his identity. The complainant had completed a background check and, upon reading the associated paperwork, he discovered his social security number was associated with an unfamiliar name listed as an alias, along with several resident addresses that did not apply to him. An officer advised him to double-check with the background check company to rule out clerical error, and to contact the Social Security Administration to flag his number. The complainant reported he was in the process of doing a credit check and that he would notify police of his findings.
WARRANT ARREST: At 12:05 a.m. July 14, an officer patrolling 214th Avenue East conducted a records check on a passing vehicle and discovered the registered owner had several arrest warrants out of Puyallup and Pierce County. The officer contacted the vehicle in front of the Goodwill. A passenger fit the physical description of the registered owner. She identified herself with a name other than the registered owner, but could not provide identification. Tattoos were listed among the owner’s physical description and, when the officer asked to compare them against the passenger’s tattoos, the passenger identified herself as the registered owner. She was arrested for transfer into Puyallup police custody. The driver was found to have a suspended license, and he parked the car to call a licensed driver.
SUSPICIOUS: At 2:50 a.m. July 17, two officers were dispatched to Walmart to respond to a woman who reported a man exhibiting odd behavior. He had pulled up beside her and allegedly asked if she knew where he could buy drugs. Additionally, he allegedly made statements about killing police who “tried to stop him,” that he would kill their families and eat their babies, and that he had a gun in his trunk. As an officer called the reporting party, she said the man was at that moment following her vehicle. The officer advised her to drive away from him and, if he continued to follow her, to drive to the police department. Another officer located the vehicles and a records check showed the suspect vehicle’s registered owner had a suspended license and an arrest warrant issued by the Puyallup Police Department. The officer arrested the suspect, confirmed to be the registered owner, at gunpoint. He denied making threatening statements. He was turned over to Puyallup police for the warrant and his vehicle was impounded. During later follow-up with the caller, she reported the suspect had said he was suicidal and wanted a police officer to shoot him.